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San Crispino Chianti Classico 2014 Product #31790 (In Stock)
San Crispino Chianti Classico 2014 San Crispino Chianti Classico 2014

Proof that not all Chianti Classico is "serious" - although this is seriously fun to drink!  It's 100% Sangiovese from the best part of the Chianti zone with minimal wood influence.  It's bursting with juicy black cherry fruit with just a touch of earthy/leathery accents and spice. Really pumps out generous fruit over nicely grippy tannins.  An excellent value for pizza and pasta.

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Donna Laura Ali Toscana Rosso 2016 Product #33349 (In Stock)

One of our favorite experiences at the tasting table is when we try a wine and immediately think, “Wow – that tastes a lot more expensive than it is!”  That’s exactly what happened when we tried this ripe, plump, and very pleasing Tuscan Sangiovese and what we think you’ll say, too.  The wine opens with bold and very Chianti-like aromas of super-ripe black cherry, crushed violets, sweet tobacco and hints of leather and spice.

Take a sip and it’s even better!  Oodles of black cherry and blackberry fruit, purple flower, spice, leather and cured tobacco leaf flavors that push back deeply on the surprisingly long palate.  The fruit turns brighter and fresher with air, but remains nicely ripe and generous.  The texture is wonderfully and invitingly round and rich – much fleshier than the 13.0% alcohol suggests – and the fruit keeps on pumping out over fine, food-friendly, tannins.  Sure, this will sing with pizza and classic Italian fare, but it’s going to shine just as brightly with burgers or brats off the grill.  A fruity fun bottle at a very fine price.

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Colsanto Ruris Umbria 2014 Product #33140 (In Stock)
Colsanto Ruris Umbria 2014 Colsanto Ruris Umbria 2014

Here's our single best-selling Italian wine of the past five years - a fantastic value that tastes like it costs twice as much as it does. The wine is mainly (70%) Sangiovese and delivers plenty of that variety's juicy black cherry fruit. But, the 20% Merlot in the blend rounds out the mid-palate and keeps the wine soft while the secret ingredient -- 10% Sagrantino -- adds spice and complexity uncommon in Umbrian wines. Sure, it goes well with pizza and robust pasta sauces, but there's enough going on to handle game and hard, salty, cheeses and a soft enough finish just to drink at a party. Fantastic value.

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Poggio Alloro Chianti DOCG 2015 Product #31858 (In Stock)
Poggio Alloro Chianti DOCG 2015 Poggio Alloro Chianti DOCG 2015

Here’s proof that great farming and straight-ahead winemaking can deliver fine Chianti – and even finer value! – from outside the Classico zone.  More and more Chianti is either all Sangiovese or Sangiovese strengthened with dollops of Cabernet or Syrah.  Here, a family dedicated to natural, organic, farming turns back to Tuscan tradition to make Chianti from an old-school blend of grapes:  Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino and Ciliegiolo.  Sangiovese gives the wine heft and structure, while Canaiolo adds volume, Colorino deepens the color, and Ciliegiolo – Sangiovese’s genetic parent – soft red cherry fruit.

In the fantastic 2015 vintage, all of this comes together to deliver a ripe, zesty, Chianti that’s very easy to drink.  Ripe black and red cherry fruit forms the wine’s core and gains interest and complexity from accents of crushed violets, red licorice, rich earth, and sweet spice accents.  There’s no oak influence at all, allowing the ripe fruit to shine through while retaining outstanding freshness and just the right touch of structure at the end.  A fine party Chianti, for sure, and one that will be as much fun to drink with a big bowl of pasta as with burgers or rosemary-scented pork.

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Torre A Cona Chianti Colli Fiorentini 2015 Product #33150 (In Stock)
Torre A Cona Chianti Colli Fiorentini 2015 Torre A Cona Chianti Colli Fiorentini 2015

Our first reaction on tasting this ripe and luscious 2015?  Tasted like GREAT $25 Chianti to us...just much less expensive.  It comes from vines about 10km outside Florence, a blend of Sangiovese and Colorino with about 30% aging in wood for 8 months.  This 2015 is the best ever here, just missing Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri status (it earned "Two Glasses, Red" meaning a finalist for the big prize).  Full of bold black cherry and raspberry fruit with a lovely floral perfume that starts on entry and lingers over the fine-grained tannins.  A juicy, mouthwatering, wine with excellent fruit makes a zesty sipper and great companion for pizza, red sauce and burgers.

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Dievole Le Due Arbie Chianti Superiore 2015 Product #32689 (In Stock)

Having re-established their mastery of Chianti Classico, this old Tuscan house is now offering a fresher, younger, bottling for easy drinking anytime.  It's a blend of Sangiovese and Merlot (about 20%) from vineyards just outside the Classico zone aged in large cask for 12 months. The wine's delicious, with hearty black cherry, chocolate and herb notes and a nicely plush, friendly, texture.  Just enough tannin to hold up to food and plenty of dark, chocolaty, richness lingering.  Fun!

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Perticaia Umbria Rosso 2016 Product #32940 (In Stock)

From the relatively young estate of Perticaia, created as a "retirement" gig by old Tuscan hand Guido Guardigli comes this delicious, goes-with-everything red.  He launched this new estate with his family in land-locked Umbria, naming it for the dialect word for "plow" - and just as the plow helped Umbria to prosperity by transforming from a grazing to farming region, Guido hopes his estate will "open the earth" to exciting new wines.

His entry-level red is a joy, fresh and fruity with deep aromas and flavors of black cherry, juicy raspberry, and a dash of sweet spice.  Sangiovese (80%) provides the core of fruit and a zesty structure while Colorino and Merlot (10% each) soften up the finish and add top- and base-notes, respectively.  A great pizza/salami/grilled sausage wine that gets richer and more intensely fruited with air or brighter and fresher with a light chill.  Much more interesting than 90% of wine labeled “Chianti” at this price!

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Famiglia Castellani Chianti Classico Riserva 2012 Product #33278 (In Stock)

One of the best values in Riserva-level Chianti we've seen in years.  100% Sangiovese with two years in wood, this shows deep, ripe, fruit and a complex and earthy finish. Very much a wine for steak, lamb, and robust pasta dishes.

"Blueberry cake, blackberry bush, dark chocolate and some treacle tart. Medium to full body, velvety tannins and a juicy finish. So enjoyable and silky."  James Suckling 92 points

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Montenidoli Chianti Colli Senesi Il Garrulo 2015 Product #33084 (In Stock)

Throw-back Chianti here following the original recipe created by Barone Ricasoli:  two red grapes (Sangiovese and Canaiolo) and two white (Trebbiano and Malvasia Bianca) all fermented together and aged in old oak casks.  With some of the red grapes air dried before fermentation, this shows off an old-school aroma and flavor profile, too, with roasted cherry and strawberry fruit and earthy complexity.  The texture is superb, with a velvet mid-palate and lightly chalky, food-friendly, finish. Very highly recommended now - 2025+

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Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico 2015 Product #33318 (In Stock)
Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico 2015 Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico 2015

This is a Chianti Classico that perfectly fuses earthy Chianti tradition with modern ripe fruit and silky texture.  The aromas are all about tradition, with darkly dusky fruit, fresh leather, and rich cured tobacco.  Then on the palate the more modern face of Chianti comes up with super fresh and clean red and black cherry and raspberry fruit singing out over more traditional notes of tobacco and leather.  It's mouthwatering they way any fine Chianti should be and finishes with plenty of tannin (traditional) but ripe tannin that's been polished fine and ripe (modern).  While you can certainly enjoy this with anything from the Tuscan table, you'll love it with burgers and grilled chicken, too.

"The 2015 Chianti Classico is a classic expression from a great vintage. The wine delivers balanced and steady aromas with bright cherry, pressed blackberry, violets and moist earth. It is true to the taste profile you should expect from this historic Sangiovese-based appellation in Central Italy. The finish reveals bright acidity and accessible primary fruit. This is a mid-weight effort with a long and polished finish. With 80,000 bottles produced, this is an excellent value option."Wine Advocate 90 points

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Casaloste Rosso Maniero Toscana IGT 2014 Product #32304 (In Stock)
Casaloste Rosso Maniero Toscana IGT 2014 Casaloste Rosso Maniero Toscana IGT 2014

This could almost be labeled Chianti Classico (and actually has some declassified Chianti juice in it), but with just 65% Sangiovese, it's a tad under the minimum.  The 35% other grapes - mainly Merlot and Canaiolo - soften Sangiovese's bite and add a nice layer of richness and depth to this all tank blend.  Dark cherry and bitter chocolate aromas and flavors get a nice lift from lemony acidity and fresh, juicy, raspberry.  There's enough structure and weight to make this a great table wine but it's supple enough to just sip, too.

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Castellare Chianti Classico 2015 Product #32790 (In Stock)

Deliciously rich and nicely textured with a long, generous, finsih.

"You absolutely can't go wrong with a strong and food-friendly wine like this. The 2015 Chianti Classico (95% Sangiovese and 5% Canaiolo) is not a particularly complex wine, but it does deliver on other levels. It shows beautiful color saturation and a robust appearance that denotes texture and extraction. The bouquet is luscious and lively with dark cherry, blackberry preserve, oak spice and toast."Wine Advocate 90 points

"Intense aromas of ripe cherry, wet limestone and wild herbs are backed by leather, tobacco and tar flavors. Shows complexity, balance and fine length, with a long aftertaste."Wine Spectator 90 points

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Voliero Rosso Di Montalcino 2015 Product #32382 (In Stock)
Voliero Rosso Di  Montalcino 2015 Voliero Rosso Di  Montalcino 2015

We sometimes think of Rosso di Montalcino as "baby Brunello," and some winemakers craft their Rosso in that style:  rich, dark, powerful and structured if just a touch less deep than Brunello.  But Andrea Cortonesi’s Voliero Rosso di Montalcino 2015 is something different.  It certainly captures the dark fruit and layered complexity of Sangiovese Grosso grown in the sandier soils of Montalino's norther vineyards.  But this is no "almost Brunello" - instead, it's a wine of unique purity, grace and even finesse that is uniquely Rosso.

It's also really, really, delicious!  Aromas of crushed berries, violets, spice and fresh leather all waft from the glass with the fruit getting darker and more prominent with air. In the mouth it glides across your palate with beautifully purity and deftness, layering fresh raspberry and cherry fruit with floral, spice and fresh earth accents. On the finish, the sweet fruit keeps on singing out over very fine, ripe, tannins and tangy cherry juice acidity.  Although the aromas and flavors are very Montalcino, the texture and freshness resemble a top Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, and this will work like that with salmon, grilled beef, and mushroom dishes.

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Casaloste Chianti Classico 2015 Product #33087 (In Stock)
Casaloste Chianti Classico 2015 Casaloste Chianti Classico 2015

Owner/winegrower Giovanni d'Orsi made remarkably fine Chianti Classico in the tricky 2013 and 2014 vintages.  But in the fine 2015 harvest – the best in Chianti since 2011 – he simply crushed it.  Organic Sangiovese (90%) and Merlot (10%) grapes are hand harvested and double sorted, fermented cool and aged gently for 12 months in 500 liter French oak casks.  It’s bold and deeply flavored for sure, but also amazingly silky and pure for all the ripeness.  Delicious already and built to improve for years.

"The 2015 Chianti Classico is a bold, juicy wine. Black cherry, lavender and expressive spice provide much of its exotic, alluring personality. Lush and racy, but with vibrant fruit and tons of Sangiovese structure, the 2015 is a winner."  Vinous (Galloni) 92 points

"A beauty, this silky red is packed with dark cherry, leather, iron and earth aromas and flavors. Harmonious and long, with a well-integrated structure and a mineral-tinged aftertaste. Drink now through 2029. 2,500 cases made. Smart Buy" Wine Spectator 94 points

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Livio Sassetti Pertimali Montecucco Rosso 2015 Product #33207 (In Stock)
Livio Sassetti Pertimali Montecucco Rosso 2015 Livio Sassetti Pertimali Montecucco Rosso 2015

Topline:  this is one delicious Sangiovese!  Brunello grower Livio Sassetti works this small farm in Tuscany's Maremma district, between Montalcino and Morellino di Scansano.  It's 100% Sangiovese (all organically farmed) and in 2015 is explosively ripe on the nose and sweetly fruited on the palate.  Black cherry, violets and subtle leather notes weave in and out of a generous red that fills your mouth and then finishes up with a whip of steak-friendly tannin.  A treat!

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Montenidoli Toscana Rosso IGT 2015 Product #32932 (In Stock)
Montenidoli Toscana Rosso IGT 2015 Montenidoli Toscana Rosso IGT 2015

One of Tuscany's most famed estates - but only in Italy and mainly among the lucky few who met the late Sergio Muratori and Elisabetta Fagiuoli, Sergio's very much alive cofounder and creator of Montenidoli in the Chianti hills not far from San Gimignano.  The 24ha acres of vines are nestled into 250ha of woodlands, rising from ancient seabed soils at the base to blood-red, iron-rich, remnants of the Triassic period at the top of the hill.  These are the oldest soils in Tuscany and the only place they are planted to vine.

Elisabetta's Sangiovese grows naturally (only a little copper or sulfur as needed) in the poor red soils, ripening stunning cherry and strawberry fruit flavors while sucking up and sharing layer up on layer of iron ore minerality.  Aging a year in neutral oak gives the wine some roundness, but the tannins here are still classically firm and mouthcoating - the kind of big mouthful of tannin that's satisfying and mouthwatering, not hard or bitter.  The wine's delicious and rare and priced far, far, below its value.  Try it.

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Isole E Olena Chianti Classico 2014 Product #32879 (In Stock)
Isole E Olena Chianti Classico 2014 Isole E Olena Chianti Classico 2014

A long-time Chianti benchmark that always runs to the more elegant side of Sangiovese is prettier than ever here.

"A tangy and fresh red with plum, dried lemon and berry character. Medium body, bright fruit and a fruity finish."  James Suckling 91 points

"This wine offers excellent value and with 160,000 bottles produced, it should be easy to find. The 2014 Chianti Classico is 80% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo and 5% Syrah, aged in small and large oak barrels for one year. It offers beautifully polished and fine aromas of wild berry, toasted almond, grilled herb and blue violet. Compared to its peers from this difficult vintage, this wine offers noticeably more definition and depth."Wine Advocate 90 points

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Donatella Cinelli Colombini Rosso Montalcino 2015 Product #32959 (In Stock)
Donatella Cinelli Colombini Rosso Montalcino 2015 Donatella Cinelli Colombini Rosso Montalcino 2015

Vintage 2015 is going to be a great Brunello vintage - and it's already a terrific year for Rosso di Montalcino!  This one is a beauty, very Brunello in flavor - dark cherry, leather, spice, a hint of balsamic - but with the immediate acceisbility to be fun to drink tonight.  Highly recommended!

"There is plenty of tobacco and cedar to this Rosso di Montalcino as well as ripe strawberries and hints of herbs. Full body, round tannins and an intense finish."  James Suckling 91 points

"A perfumed red, evoking floral, cherry, currant and leather flavors. On the palate, this picks up wild herb and earth notes. Intense yet elegant, with fine length."Wine Spectator 91 points

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Gracciano Della Seta Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2014 Product #32872 (In Stock)
Gracciano Della Seta Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2014 Gracciano Della Seta Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2014

An elegant Sangiovese from the hilly vineyards of Montepulicano in central Tuscany.  About 10% Merlot adds complexity and flesh and aging for 18 months in a mixture of mid-sized and large oak casks delivers richness and spice. Ripe and deep black cherry fruit makes up the wine's core with black pepper, fresh earth, leather and smoke accents adding interest.  A great match for steak or rich stews.

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Scopone Brunello di Montalcino 2013 Product #33436 (In Stock)
Scopone Brunello di Montalcino 2013 Scopone Brunello di Montalcino 2013

In the elegant 2013 vintage, the Genazzi family turned out a beauty, wonderfully perfumed, loaded with fresh cherry and raspberry fruit, and accented by notes of berry blossom and fresh herb.  At just 13.5% alcohol, this isn’t a bruiser, but there’s plenty of drive and volume here and a finely tannic finish that promises delight with food now and years of life in cellar.  Just 722 cases made

“Spicy, earthy and dark-fruit aromas. Hints of dark tea too. Full body and firm, silky tannins. Juicy and flavorful. Why wait on this one?”  James Suckling 92 points

“Good full red. Floral raspberry and crushed stone on the nose, lifted by wild herbs. Silky-sweet red cherry and raspberry flavors boast lovely fullness, while floral and mineral notes provide lift and convey a gentle, almost dainty personality. Not a blockbuster in terms of power or extract, but this is a very precise, consistent wine from start to suavely tannic finish. I cannot think of too many estates in Montalcino whose wines have improved more over the last 10 years than Scopone.”  Vinous 93 points

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